Families playing and relaxing upon colourful structures constructed in a new green area in a carpark in Croydon South

The 20-Minute Neighbourhood principle is a cornerstone of the Victorian Government’s Plan Melbourne. It aims to create local hubs where people can access services, like health facilities, parks and shops within a 20-minute walk from home.

Three Melbourne neighbourhood activity centres were chosen to pilot the principle and funding of $120,000 was granted to deliver local infrastructure projects in Strathmore, Sunshine West and Croydon South.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning worked with community members, the Heart Foundation, Victoria Walks and local councils to develop the projects which will contribute to the suburbs becoming vibrant, healthy and well connected.

Through the government’s Suburban Revitalisation Program, the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is working with local governments to deliver these 20-Minute Neighbourhood projects.

Glengala Shops, Sunshine West, City of Brimbank

Shop front improvements have been undertaken, along with the creation of parklets and the greening of the strip with new trees and shrubs. An eye-catching mural has also been created on Glengala road with the intention of slowing traffic and prioritising pedestrians.

Aerial view of the colourful traffic-calming murals on Glen Gala Road

Sunshine West residents enjoying free activities

Eastfield Shops and Croydon South Shops, City of Maroondah

Works included the creation of temporary cycling lanes, support to traders on shop fronts and visual merchandising, public art installations and pop-up play and active spaces.

Croydon South locals enjoying new outdoor table tennis table

Colourful new outdoor installations in Croydon South

Woodland Street Shops and Strathmore Shops, City of Moonee Valley

Funding supported a mobile library lending service and the creation of new parklets. These projects have activated the Strathmore activity centre and provide a service that was much-needed and well received during COVID-19 restrictions

Local children enjoying the new mobile library service

New outdoor seating area in Strathmore

Page last updated: 24/05/23